Students’ Union Complaints

 

 

This page sets out the process for bringing complaints against the Union or any member of its staff (including the Officer Trustees) or any Student Member or Associate, Life or Honorary Member of the Union.

 

Where a complaint is made under the Students’ Union complaint procedure concerning an employee of the Students’ Union it will be discussed with the Human Resources Manager. If it is considered that the alleged actions by the member of staff may constitute misconduct it will be investigated and progressed in accordance with the Company’s Disciplinary Procedure.

 

 

We encourage all complaints in the first instance to be sent to SUCustomerService@Cardiff.ac.uk, if this is not possible, please do send to a staff member of Elected Officer who will pass it onto the Customer Services team.

 

 

Stage One

Complaints will be handled within the department where the individual(s) to whom the complaint concerns works. All parties will take a constructive approach with a view to providing a solution and an acceptable remedy.

If you are not happy with the result of the complaint under this stage or if the complaint is serious or confidential, it will be dealt with under stage two.

 

Stage Two

 

Complaints received by the organisation will be investigated and led by the appropriate Head of Department in relation to the nature of the complaint.

A panel will be convened by the Head of Department and will normally comprise of:

 

  • Head of Department / External Trustee
  • Two Sabbatical Trustees / Student Trustees

 

 

You will meet with the panel and discuss the complaint so that the panel can fully understand the issues you have raised.  The individual(s) to whom the complaint concerns will be provided with a summary of the complaint and given an opportunity to respond to the issues raised.  Both you the complainant and the individual the complaint concerns should be given the opportunity to provide additional information after the initial meeting with the panel.

 

 

The panel has the discretion to meet with any other individuals that may have witnessed or been party to the complaint. If a student is called to speak to the panel they are entitled to bring a fellow student to support them.

 

In the case of a complaint made against a society/club, its chair (or nominee) shall represent the society/club.

If you have a good reason for not being able to attend a meeting with the panel, the meeting can be re-arranged. However should you fail to attend two meetings and the panel feel that that you have not provided a suitable reason, the investigation will continue without the meeting.

 

 

What will the Panel do?

 

The panel will review the complaint and decide whether it should be upheld. They will then decide upon any action that should be implemented as a consequence.

 

During the period between the complaint being received and the panel making a decision, the individual(s) the complaint concerns may be prohibited from accessing services and/or facilities in order to undertake an effective investigation and to avoid risk of harm or distress to staff or students.

 

Appeal

 

If you, as the sanctioned individual or group, are unhappy with the decision which has been made by the Panel, the Students' Union Policy states that you can submit an appeal. Your appeal must be submitted within 7 days of recieving the decision, and must meet at least one of the three specific grounds:

 

  • The Complaints process has not followed the correct procedure; and/or
  • New information has become available that for good reason could not be presented during the Complaints Process at the time of the original investigation; and/or
  • The actions applied as a result of the investigation are disproportionate

 

The SU Complaints Policy does not specifically mention that the complainant can appeal the outcome of a complaint, but if this is a course of action that you want to pursue, please let us know and we will advise further.

 

 

Further Action

 

The Cardiff Students' Union has a relationship agreement with Cardiff University. If you have completed the complaint process, and/or you are dissatisfied with the complaints process in your case, you are able to complain to the University in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1994. The University may refer the matter for investigation to an independently appointed person.

 

Student Advice can advise on this process, but feel that we must make it clear that we are a service run by the Students' Union. Regardless, our advisers should remain objective and impartial. 

 

 

Courses of Action

 

The panel will decide whether to dismiss, partly uphold or fully uphold the complaint after reviewing all appropriate information.

Complaints that are partly or fully upheld will allow the panel to enforce one of the following sanctions:

  • a written reprimand; and/or

 

  • a suspension of any or all of the privileges of membership of the Union, which for the avoidance of doubt shall not include the removal from office of any person elected by means of a cross-campus ballot; and/or

 

  • a life ban which shall entail a total ban from Union premises at all times. This shall not interfere with academic commitments or external examinations taking place in the Union; and/or

 

  • if the offence is committed by a member who is a Student and the offence is found to be serious enough, the Student must be referred to the Student Disciplinary Code of the University. Once the University is notified of this, the Student becomes subject to University’s Disciplinary Procedures; and/or

 

  • where the complaint is upheld against a student group, a suspension or privileges of affiliation; and/or

 

  • where the complaint is upheld against a student group, individuals in positions of responsibility or the wider membership may be subject to action as an individual; or

 

  • a dismissal of the allegations.

 

The panel should make sure that the investigation takes place as soon as possible. A conclusion should normally be reached and communicated within 21 days.

The outcome and sanction shall be provided in writing alongside an explanation to the individual(s) the complaint concerns.

 

Appeals

 

If you are not happy with the outcome of the complaint, you are able to submit an appeal under one of the following grounds:

  • The Complaints process has not followed the correct procedure; and/or
  • New information has become available that for good reason could not be presented during the Complaints Process at the time of the original investigation; and/or
  • The actions applied as a result of the investigation are disproportionate

 

An appeal should be submitted in writing to the Students’ Union President within 7 days of receipt of the outcome of the investigation.

 

 

Further Action 

 

 

It may be necessary to consider disciplinary action against staff members as a consequence of issues being brought to the attention of the Union via a complaint. In such cases, disciplinary action shall be considered in accordance with the Company’s Disciplinary Policy.

 

Cardiff University Students’ Union, registered in Wales. Nothing here in contained constitutes an order for goods or services unless accompanied by an official order

Telephone | 029 2078 1400 Email | StudentsUnion@Cardiff.ac.uk Website | cardiffstudents.com Address | Park Place Cardiff CF10 3QN Charity No. | 1137163 Company Registration No. | 07328777
Undeb Myfyrwyr Prifysgol Caerdydd, wedi’i gofrestru yng Nghymru. Nid oes dim yn gynwysedig yma yn gorchymyn am nwyddau neu wasanaeth oni bai bod archeb swyddogol yn cyd-fynd ag ef

Ffôn | 029 2078 1400 E-bost | StudentsUnion@Cardiff.ac.uk Gwefan | cardiffstudents.com Cyfeiriad | Plas y Parc Caerdydd CF10 3QN Rhif Elusen | 1137163 Rhif Cofrestredig y Cwmni | 07328777